One of the world’s foremost thinkers within education and a remarkable character that inspires positive change with an inviting and motivational approach to teaching and learning.
James Nottingham began his working life as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. He later trained to become a teacher and went on to become a leader in schools in the UK. After appearing in a BBC documentary about Philosophy for Children (P4C) in 1999, James Nottingham was invited to support other schools in the development of P4C, thinking skills, and challenge.
James Nottingham went on to create a multi-million pound project designed to help raise the aspirations and achievements of young people in North East England a project which resulted in new pedagogies that are still being used today. In 2005, he started JN Partnership Ltd., which would later develop into Challenging Learning, a leading educational company which he is director of. Based in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, and the United States, Challenging Learning seeks to transform the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom.
James Nottinghams first book, Challenging Learning, is published in five languages, and has received widespread critical acclaim. His follow-up book, Encouraging Learning, supports his work with parents and community groups, as well as with teachers and leaders. Currently he is writing a series of books to share the best strategies for feedback, challenge, dialogue, progress, and metacognition.
Particularly well known in Scandinavia, Australia, and the UK, Nottingham is recognized for his humor and clarity, as well as his distinct ability to turn research into comprehensible practice. For these reasons, he is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the field of education. Nottingham has been described by Skolvärlden (the Swedish Teaching Union) as one of the most sought-after names in the world of school development.
In 2009, he was listed among the Future 500 a definitive list of the UKs most forward-thinking and brightest innovators, and with good reason. Nottinghams courage to challenge established educational norms and practices has contributed to the field with new and highly effective ways of teaching and learning, inspiring teachers, leaders and pedagogues to reflect and take action.